Carol Ng, chairperson of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), was arrested at home on 6 Jan by the national security department of the local police and alleged to have committed the crime of subverting the state power under the national security law (NSL). She has been one among at least fifty democracy activists detained in the state clamp-down.
The regime is using the NSL for suppressing the democratic movement in Hong Kong for simply exercising their constitutionally compliant rights.
Last July, were well received by the Hong Kong society. More than 600,000 Hong Kong people voted in person. Various fractions in the democratic camp set aside differences and stood together as well, so that the public opinion of Hong Kong was revealed. Fearing the power of people, the government cancelled the Legislative Council election in last September with the pandemic as the excuse; the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress extended the terms of office of the legislators by appointment instead. It is now getting merciless in trying to punish the participants of the primaries.
Since the introduction of the NSL, the regime has put pressure on Hong Kong people endlessly. The tricks of political persecution are many. Individuals, who fight for the future of Hong Kong, have been imprisoned or exiled one by one. Professionals have been purged one following another.
The World Socialist Movement stands with all those who seek to protect and expand what little democracy they possess. As world socialists what happens to fellow-workers anywhere is a concern to ourselves. An injury to one, is an injury to all.